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The Joe Murphy Column 13/6/19

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 20:32 PM

The Joe Murphy Column

Saturday the 1 st June saw us hold our first race of the new season with the Scottish
National Flying Club with 464 members sending 3876 birds to Buckingham;
broken down into the following sections; Section A 579 birds; Section B 604 birds;
Section C 817 birds; Section D 312 birds; Section E 1024 birds; Section F 379
birds & Section G 161birds. There was a shock to the membership with the news
on the web pages stating ‘We have just learned that the Lib-Line facility is no
longer available for reporting arrivals however if you wish to record the arrival of
your first bird please e-mail details to the secretary’. During the day I had a
number of fanciers telling me that the BHW had stopped this service. On making
enquires I was informed that in the Editorial of the 19 th April issue of the BHW it
stated that: ‘Aquarius Communications have notified us, that due to technical
difficulties, they will no longer be able to provide Lib-Line services. They have
been in contact with organisations affected and any 2018 rebates have been
transferred into organisations’ bank accounts.’ Yet members, on the 1 st of June
found this out for the very day of their first race. We have up to date technology
nowadays were you can send a picture or messages to anyone in the WORLD in
seconds. I will agree that not EVERYONE has an IPhone that can send emails
direct to the secretary. Plus who has the time to go into the house to send an email,
when they have a national race on going. The point of racing pigeons in the
national is to compete against the best fanciers and birds in the country. So to go
away from your loft to find out if any birds are reported home and miss your bird
arrive home is suicidal and no one will ever do this. I know that I and many of my
friends would never do this as we want to watch out for our birds returning home.
Margaret and I travel all the way up to Arbroath to watch for Kevin’s pigeons
coming home from a national not for watching club racing. As a matter of interest
Kevin timed 3 birds within a minute to win 129 th 131 st & 132 nd open so he was well
pleased but his 5 th pigeon is the one whose arrival will live with me. We were
watching the sky and there was nothing going about when up in the heavens I
noticed something, it was a bird closing its wings and dropping like a exist-missile
landed on the aviary roof and ran into the trap. It was Kevin’s good hen that has
been racing well all year; I will never forget the sight of her dropping down onto
the loft. It’s a sights like this that we keep racing pigeons. Charlie & Glen Cameron
had the 1 st x 3 birds in the club from the national winning 31 st 67 th & 102 nd open
well done lads. You will also read in John Baillie’s Traprain race report that there
were a lot of losses with birds being reported in North Wales and Ireland. One lad
in the west section had 2 birds home from an entry of 20 birds, others had 1 out of
10 and some top fanciers did not have a bird home. I have also heard that some top
quality pigeons are missing I will not mention their names as their owners are
going through a bad time at the moment as none of us like losing our best birds.
The winner of the Buckingham race winning 1 st section A 1 st open is David T Owen
of Coldingham who previously won 1 st SNFC from Eastbourne in 2009 we send


our congratulations to David on winning this Buckingham race. 2 nd & 3 rd section B
2 nd & 5 th open is my dear friend Billy Bilsland of Ayton. The Peterhead club had a
great race with 4 birds winning taking the top section G awards and were all in
the top 10 open from an entry of 3876 birds. H McAllister wins 1 st section G 3 rd
open flying 389 miles with C & M Williams in 2 nd section G 4 th open flying 379
miles. Jim & Ann Donaldson are 3 rd section 8 th open with Gordon Willox 4 th section
9 th open both fly 382 miles. Truly outstanding result to have 4 birds from the North
section in the top 10 in the national, well done to one and all on the above
performances. 1 st section A 11 th open is G Turnbull of Annan with J & J Hunt of
Dundee winning 1 st section C 12 th open, other section winners are 1 st section D 42 nd
open is J Smith of Polmont with Tam Richardson of Newmains winning 1 st section
E and 104 th open and Dumbarton’s S Jones & son are the winners of 1 st section F,
well done to everyone who made the national result.
Race Results

Angus Federation
Angus Federation result of the Leicester race flown on Saturday 1 st June
liberated 417 birds at 06-00am into a south west wind. Topping the federation
is David J Liddle with other birds in 6 th 17 th 18 th 7 20 th open positions.
Macaulay Ferguson & Curran are 2 nd & 16 th open with Bob Baldie in 3 rd 9 th 10 th
& 15 th open. Ian Scott is 4 th 5 th |& 14 th open with Davie Glen in 7 th 11 th 12 th & 13 th
places. W Nicol makes up the top 20 winning 19 th open.
The East Section is won by Charlie & Glen Cameron of Arbroath winning 1 st 4 th
7 th & 8 th section with G Campbell of Montrose in 2 nd & 3 rd places. W Dorward of
Gourdon club is 6 th & 10 th with Kevin J Murphy from Arbroath club in 9 th spot.
Club winners are as follows; Forfar 289 birds winner David J Liddle; Arbroath 88
birds winner Charlie & Glen Cameron; Montrose 19 birds winner G Campbell;
Gourdon 21 birds winner W Dorward;
Arbroath Racing Pigeon Club
3 members sent 88 birds to Leicester a distance of 281 miles liberated into a light
south west wind. Taking the first 3 place is Charlie & Glen Cameron with their
first club was a blue 2 year old hen winning her 3 rd x 1 st prize of the season. As a
yearling she won 11 th open SNRPC Arras. The blue hen was bred from ‘Duracell
Dorrie’ who is a son of ‘Little Dorrie’ a winner of 3 rd SNFC Reims. The dam is a
daughter of Leon Messiaen’s base pigeon ‘The Perpignan’. Second club is a 2 year
old chequer hen; her sire is from Philip Geerdink being from Van De Wegen origin
being a direct son of ‘Philip’s Blue Boy’ who won amongst other prizes was 4
times in the first 100 in Dutch national races (Pau, Perpignan and Narbonne). The
dam is direct daughter of the ‘Castres’ of Leon Messiaen the ‘Castres’ won 5
prizes from Barcelona. Third club is a 2 year old blue cock line bred to the
‘Castres’ of Leon Messiaen as a matter of interest his next mate was 2 nd open
SNRPC Arras in 2018.


Almond Valleys Federation
News from Lynne Stewart who wrote ‘Hi Joe we had 622 club birds away to
Newark on 1st June with a liberation taking place at 07-45 hours. Dougie Bald of
Balerno club tops the federation on 1381 velocity he is also 19 th & 21 st open. Colin
Ross of the same club is 2 nd & 12 th federation with Colin Bain & W Fairley again
from Balerno in 3 rd & 4 th positions. John Jamieson of East Calder is 5 th & 7 th open
with A Robb of West Calder club in 6 th spot. Robert Anderson of East Calder is 8 th
with J Paton of West Calder club in 9 th place. Ian Jamieson of Balerno is 10 th with
West Calder John Bird in 13 th 14 th 15 th 17 th & 18 th open with Freddie Jamieson &
son of East Calder making up the top 20.
Club Winners are as follows;
Balerno 81 birds; D Bald 1381.054, C Ross 1361.918, C Bain & W Fairley
1316.375, 1304.375
Bonnybridge 87 birds; Law & Brady 1220.371, 1219.721, Mr Mrs Conlin
1188.564, I McLelland 1162.012
Carnwath 51 birds; I Thomson 1161.832, McArdle & Thomson 1156.292,
1091.076, 1088.302
East Calder 76 birds; J Jamieson 1302.775, 1283.405, R Anderson 1281.065, J
Jamieson 1268.718
West Calder 81 birds; A Robb1296.711, J Paton 1279.616, J Bird 1262.057,
Basketting as early as possible for Leicester with Bill Bresneham entries
starting this week
Balerno Club
News from Colin Bain who writes ‘We were at Newark on Saturday 1st June with
7 members sending 81 birds; these were liberated at 07-45 hours into a west wind.
Taking 1st place is Douglas Bald with a blue 3 year old cock on 1381. Colin Ross
is 2nd with a blue chequer cock on 1361 3rd & 4th are Bain & Fairley with a 5
year old Staff Van Reet blue cock on1316 he topped the federation from Wetherby.
The 4th club winner is a blue cock a son of Colin’s SNFC Silver Award winner
‘Abigail’ crossed with a Louella Jan Aarden doing a velocity of 1316 that’s me Joe
for this week best wishes to you and Kevin from the Scottish nationals yours Colin
Bain’. Many thanks Colin wishing you the same after you’re bought in hospital
keep well my dear friend.
Ayrshire Federation
News from Archie McIntyre who writes ‘Hi Joe, Hope you are doing well. I have
attached Ayrshire Fed race report for the 5 th race of the season from Wetherby. I
have also attached a photo of J MacKenzie who tops the fed but this is the same
picture I have used in the previous week’s reports. I have also attached a picture of


J MacKenzie federation topping pigeon. Also attached is a picture of J Simpson
winner of 2 nd fed. Unfortunately I was not able to get anything on the 3 rd federation
winners this week. Ayrshire Federation 5 th race of the season was due to be flown
from Retford on the 26 th May but due to the ever changing forecast for the worst,
the race controller late on the Friday night (when he should have been enjoying a
wedding reception) was making arrangements to have the birds go to Wetherby
instead, approx. 43 miles shorter on the hope to get an early liberation and beat the
weather front coming in from the west. The federation has been very unfortunate
this year between breakdowns and poor weather, we are out at our 6 th race and we
have not reached the 200 miles mark. Not great preparation for the lads who are
looking to enter their birds into the following week’s race with the SNFC from
Buckingham, which is a jump of over 100 miles. Jim had the convoy of 655 birds
up and away at 07:00 with no wind for a race point of between 154 miles up to 189
miles to the top end of the federation. Leading the way this week taking 1 st
federation on a velocity of 1287.2 is the inform loft of Jock MacKenzie of
Cumnock. What can we say about Jock who is having a fantastic season? Over the
last two races Jock was 3 rd fed Appleby on the 11 th May then 2 nd and 3 rd Fed Ripon
on the 19 th May and has now made that last step to 1 st federation Wetherby. Jock’s
winning pigeon ‘2121’ is the same bird that recorded 3 rd federation Appleby only a
few weeks ago. Sire is a Herman Ceuster from Patrick McDonald of Glasgow
when paired to a daughter of Jock’s top winning cock known as the ‘4545’ who
has won 10 x 1 st clubs, 1 st , 2 nd fed, 1 st , 2 nd and 6 th West Coast Combine. Thanks to
Janice McDougall for the info and the picture. Next up on to the podium taking 2 nd
federation on 1279.1 for a distance of 180 miles is John Simpson of Stevenston
flying with Ardeer HS. John’s winning pigeon was bred by his friend Russell
McAlary of Northern Ireland and had flown steady as a young bird. In 2017 she
was 7 th club, 19 th fed Arniston and 4 th club, 4 th fed Arniston. In 2018 she won 3 rd
club, 10 th fed Ripon and 2 nd club, 12 th fed Bubwith. This year she was 7 th club Ripon
before going to Weatherby and winning 1 st club, 1 st 2 bird championship club, 1 st
north section, 2 nd federation. John would like to pass on his congratulations to Jock
Mackenzie on winning the race and my thanks to Colin Nicol for the report and the
picture. 3 rd fed this week on 1263.2 is the partnership of J & R Bryson of Galston
flying in the Kilmarnock Invitation Club. Sadly I do not have any info or picture of
the partnership. Thanks once again for all your help and publicity for our
federation Joe yours Archie’.
Winners from in and around the Clubs
North Section 272 birds; 1 st Ardeer HS J Simpson 1279.1, 1 st Dalry HS R Reid
1243.6, 1 st Kilwinning HS J McNeil 1182.7
Central Section 193 birds; 1 st Kilmarnock Invitation J & R Bryson 1263.2, 1 st
Crosshouse HS is I Noble 1259.4. 1 st Darvel HS are J & R Bryson 1234.1; 1 st Irvine
HS is H Pollock 1221.9.
South Section 190 birds; 1 st Cumnock & District J MacKenzie 1287.2, 1 st
Whitletts & District Boyd Bros 1236.2; 1 st Mauchline & District E Stewart 1209.6,

Derek holding 'Magic' winner of 1st section F 1st West Region 16th open Roye 520 miles as a yearling

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Derek Hay's 'Belter' winner of 1st section F 2nd West section 12th open SNFC Reims 577 miles with his hen.

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J Mackenzie 1st Fed Wetherby winning pigeon.

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1 st Dalmellington Pigeon Club M McLarty 1169.1; 1 st Annbank & District is K
Harris 1141.0 and 1 st Carrick & District are Jamieson & Cameron on 1135.8.
Central Federation
Broxburn & Uphall RPC
News from Bernie Britton who writes: Hi Joe the club & federation were at
Leicester on the 1 st June with 5 members sending 168 birds these were liberated at
07-00 hours into a south west wind. 1 st club and 1 st federation is Gordon Mackenzie
flying a blue bar on roundabout his breeding is a Van Loon from Davie Gullane
good friend Bobby Logan of New Cumnock. 2 nd club and 2 nd federation is John
McNeill flying a blue chequer cock a Lambrecht on roundabout this bird won in
the young bird national as well as winning this year he is from John’s good
friend Gary Gibson from Northern Ireland. 3 rd club 3 rd federation is Gordon
Mackenzie flying a blue cock on roundabout he is a ‘Gabby’ from the stock loft
from the original M & D Evan’s ‘Gabby’s’ Gordon won 7 th 9 th 12 th & 16 th federation
with John McNeill winning 19 th open and Hamish Ferguson in 13 th & 18 th open
positions. Joe ‘The yearling derby was on as well for the combine but I’m awaiting
the result will get it to you for next week yours Bernie’.
Bo’ness RPC
News from Martyn Brown who writes; ‘Hi Joe, please find enclosed race report for
Bo’ness homing society Newark race on 25 th May 2019, the convoy of 932 Central
Federation birds were released at 06-00 hours into a north west wind, with the
Bo’ness club accounting for 287 of them. Taking 1 st club 1 st federation this week
was the Polmont loft of Jim Smith. Jim timed a blue bar hen to record a velocity of
1354 ypm. The winning hen is a Busschaert crossed Jellema and is raced on the
roundabout. 2 nd club 2 nd fed was again Jim Smith with another blue hen also
recording the velocity of 1354 ypm. She is another roundabout hen, with her sire
being a John Bosworth when paired to a Busschaert hen who won the SHU
centenary medal. 3 rd club 3 rd federation recording a velocity of 1354 ypm was I
timing a yearling roundabout chequer cock that I purchased from the Gorebridge
partnership of Willie Pryde & son John. This pigeon is down through there
‘Shadow’ line of Gaby Vandenabeele’s. This is now the third time this cock has
scored, having won 2 nd club Ripon and 2 nd open 1 st central section, Scottish Central
3 bird club as young bird; well done to Jim Smith.
East of Scotland Federation
News from Tom McEwen who informs us that they were at Newark 2 with the
convoy liberated at 07-45 hours into a south to south west wind. Having another
great race finishing up being 1 st 2 nd 4 th 6 th & 10 th open is Jim McNeil of Tranent who
is having a ‘great’ season’ Well done Jim. We then have former SNFC Gold Cup
winner George Veitch from East Saltoun (who is also having an outstanding


season) in 3 rd place. We then have another treble for the inform Prestonpans loft of
John Bird who wins 5 th 8 th & 9 th open. Completing the top 10 in 7 th open is last
week’s federation winner Keith Howie also from Prestonpans club.
Prestonpans Homing Society
Frist & 3 rd club is John Bird with a 3 year old roundabout cock his sire is down
through John’s ‘Bit’s and Pieces’ family with the dam bred from 2 Jos Thone stock
birds. John’s 3 rd club winner is a 3 year old from Frans Laerman bloodlines, this
cock won 2 nd club 2 nd federation last week from Newark (1) race. 2 nd club is Keith
Howie with a 2 year old Vandenabeele on roundabout from Hawkins & Evans
bloodlines. Last season this cock won 1 st club 2 nd federation Wakefield and this
year won 1 st club 2 nd federation Wetherby. Tom finishes off his report by saying
‘Thank you Joe for your comments in last week’s column I’m delighted once again
to be a member of Prestonpans Homing Society and Scott and I are looking
forward to starting racing again this season with our young birds. Good Luck to
you and Kevin in the SNFC races yours Tom McEwen’.
Fife Federation
The federation of homing pigeon societies sent 733 birds to Newark on 1 st June
liberated at 07-45 hours into a south west wind. The federation top 10 are as
follows; 1 st McCord & Turpie with a velocity of 1469.9. In 2 nd place is R Anderson
of St Andrews with Geordie Baxter of Methilhaven in 3 rd spot. Sean Diamond of
Kennoway is 4 th 5 th & 7 th open with club mate Brian Chalmers in 6 th & 9 th places
making up the top 10 is Jimmy Mackie of Leven club.
The West Section top 10;
Birdage are as follows; Crossgates 125 birds; Dunfermline 72 birds; Lochgelly 77
birds, Perth 35 birds. First are McCord & Turpie of Perth with C Wright of
Lochgelly club is 2 nd & 6 th . Dougie Barnes of Crossgates club is 3 rd & 4 th with
Alastair McCudden of the same club in 6 th 7 th & 9 th open with Jock Hynd & son Ian
of the same Crossgates club are in 8 th & 10 th section.
East Section top 10:
Kennoway 109 birds; Methilhaven 47 birds; St Andrews 29 birds; Tayport 13
birds; Leven 61 birds;
The winner is R Anderson of St Andrews who is also 4 th & 8 th section Geordie
Baxter of Methilhaven is 2 nd with Kennoway’s Brian Chalmers in 3 rd 5 th & 7 th
section with Jimmy Mackie of Levin splitting his 2 birds. Tam Laing of
Kennoway is 9 th & 10 th .
Centre section top 10; birdage being Glenrothes & Leslie club 48 birds, Novar
117 birds. First 3 places go to Sean Diamond of Kennoway club with another in 5 th
spot. Brian Kinnear of Glenrothes & Leslie club is 4 th 6 th 8 th 9 th & 10 th with his near
neighbour Turpie & McCord in 7 th place.
Dunfermline LRPS
News from David Kennedy who writes ‘Hi Joe, from the Newark old bird race we


had 7 members sending 72 birds. Frist this week is Eddie McWilliams with a
velocity of 1310 ypm. Eddie timed in a 2 year old hen flying spare, this was a gift
egg from Mary and Tom Patterson of Plean. Second over the pad is Walker and
David Kennedy Loft No2 with a velocity of 1283 ypm, they timed a 2 year old
widowhood cock from the bloodlines being George Atkinson of Market Weighton.
Eddie McWilliams takes 3 rd prize with a velocity of 1281 ypm he timed a yearling
hen flying spare with the bloodlines being Jock Strang crossed with Tam and
Mary Patterson. This week’s club nomination is won by John Robertson and the 2
bird is won by Walker & David Kennedy. The loft double is won by Frank
Mitchell and Walker and David Kennedy.
Glenrothes & Leslie PC
Hi Joe, Sorry this is late I forgot to send it to you, from the Ripon race Glenrothes
& Leslie PC had 4 members sending 95 birds. 1 st 2 nd & 3 rd places are won by Brian
Kinnear, with a velocity of 1201; this was a 2 year old roundabout blue cock. His
sire is a double grandson of “Stitchy’, while his dam is a Vandenabeele bred by
John Anderson of Anstruther. Brian’s 2 nd bird on 1170 was a 2 year old late-bred
blue hen unraced as a youngster. She only had 2 races as a yearling, her sire is a
son of ‘Stitchy’ while her dam won the Methilhaven breeder/buyer race as a
youngster and was bred by Austin Whittaker from his champion ‘Betty’. Brian’s
3rd bird on 1166, a 4 year old chequer hen raced on roundabout this year. Her sire
is a blue pied cock bred by George & Brian Hunter from ‘Kingdom Katie’ their
silver award winner. Her dam is from a daughter of Richard & Jamie Combe
‘Lyla’ crossed with a son of ‘Stitchy’. From the Wakefield raced 4 members sent
97 birds with Brian again taking the first 3 places. His winner on a velocity of
1326.5 is a 2 year old chequer hen that won 2 nd club Alnwick and 1 st club Catterick
this year. She is a direct daughter of Brian’s double section C winner from
Ancenis. Brian’s 2 nd bird is a 3 year old chequer cock bred by Terry Turpie being a
son of his 2 nd open Clermont winner. Brian and Terry exchanged late breds in
2016. He only had 1 short race as a yearling and was raced out to Leicester, 260
miles last year. Brian’s 3 rd bird is a yearling blue hen that was 4 th club Alnwick and
2 nd club Catterick this year. She is Vandenabeele crossed ‘Stitchy’ lines. All the
best Joe and my good wishes to your good lady, yours Rosie
Traprain Homing Society
News from John Baillie who writes, ‘Hi Joe, Traprain members sent to Newark 2
race with the convoy being liberated at 07.45 into a light south west wind. The club
birdage dropped to 160 for this race with over 200 entered from the club with the
SNFC Buckingham race. Winning again this week is Sinclair Thomson & Son with
their fantastic hen ‘Port Seton Queen’, the previous Dewar Trophy Winner in
season 2017. This hen also won this year's 1 st club race. In 2 nd place is the Port
Seton partnership again with a Marcel Aelbrecht, bred from Taylor Brothers of
Newbigging. In 3rd spot is John Bosworth no details. Pentland Federation also


convoyed the Fife Federation this week and had a joint liberation with them and
the Almond Valley and Midlothian federations. Returns were good, that's more
than we can say for the Buckingham race with the SNFC. Returns were worse than
poor for some fanciers. When reading the clocks on Saturday night, the quality of
pigeons that were missing is heart breaking. Some have worked in the following
days, but I’m hearing of birds bring reported in North Wales and Ireland. Not the
best start for this year's SNFC season. Can only improve! That's it Joe once again
many thanks John B’.
North of Scotland Federation
News from George Duthie with news of the Sedgefield old bird race with 63
members sending 1056 birds liberated into a light south west wind. A W Buchan of
Fraserburgh & District is 1st open and 1st east section; he is also 8th section and
open. G Findlay of Peterhead & District is 2nd 6th 7th 13th open. J (Ian) Gibb of
Forfar & District club is 3rd 4th & 23rd open. Colin McRae of Fraserburgh &
District is 5th & 25th open with H McAllister of Peterhead & District 9th & 10th
with Stuart Maskame of Peterhead is 11th 12th & 21st Chris Donaldson of the
same club is 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th & 19th section and open. A B Geddes of
Fraserburgh & district club is 20th & 28th open. George P Taylor of Peterhead &
District is 22nd with D Ward of Fraserburgh West End is 24th with club mated
Robbie Higgins in 27th & 29th open and finally in 30th open is Walter Masson of
Fraserburgh & District club.
West Section had 34 members sending 489 birds 1st 2nd 6th 7th 8th & 9th section
32nd 33rd 36th to 40th open is A Wilson of Devern Valley club. Fulton & Ritchie
loft 1 is 3rd section 34th open with Loft 2 in 4th & 35th open. A Milne of the same
club is 10th section 41st open.
Clubs First Bird
A W Buchan of Fraserburgh & District; G Findlay of Peterhead & District; D
Ward Fraserburgh West End; J S Robertson of Inverurie; A Wilson of Devern
Valley; A J Reid of Keith; J Thomson of Elgin & District; R Bain of Buckie &
District; B Duncan of Forres, Nairn & Inverurie. Well done to A W Buchan on
topping the federation and to A Wilson on winning the West Section.

New addition to the result column of my article
The Northern Classic
I had a phone call from Alan Curran the secretary of the Northern Classic club
asking if I would mind putting his results in my column. Alan informed me that my
column is well read in his area and read my request for clubs to forward their
reports and I would add them to the column: so welcome aboard Alan. He
informed me that the club is called, The Northern Classic, and it has a membership
of 152 members with 8 clock stations, these are as follows, Kinsley, Goldthorpe,


Leeds, Selby, and Snaith, Worksop in Nottinghamshire and Paisley in Derbyshire.
The South boundary goes from Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Chesterfield, and
Worksop and on to Sutton in Ashfield in Derbyshire. The North boundary runs
from south Kirkby, Pontefract, Wakefield, Leeds, Selby, Goole, Snaith, York and
Ripon. From the Falaise race flown on the 25 th May, 57 members sent 803 birds
competing for £2117 in pools and prize money with the winner David Evans from
Clipstone; What can I say about this man? – As he wins 3 of the first 4 positions.
His winner is a blue Vandenabeele hen, flown on the roundabout system. She has
won several club races, and is a good all round pigeon. In 2 nd place is Steve Hallam
from Sutton-in-Ashfield whose winner a pied cock, bred from a Jeff Kirkland cross
with a Geoff and Kath Cooper birds and he is flown on the widowhood system.
This bird had a bad race on its very first outing this year and has not flown a race
since, so well done to Steve. The 3 rd placed bird is to David Evans with a blue hen,
bred from Macaloney of Scotland birds, flown on the roundabout system and this
pigeon has several 1 st club wins under her wings. Thank you once again for
publicising our results Joe yours in sport Alan Curran, secretary.

Joe’s Joke

As a young man, Tom was an exceptional golfer. At the age of 26, however he
decided to become a priest, and joined a rather peculiar order. He took the
usual vows of poverty and chastity, but his order also required that he quit
gold and never play again. This was particularly difficult for Tom, but he
agreed and was finally ordained a priest. One Sunday morning, the reverend
Father Tom woke up and realizing it was an exceptional beautiful and sunny
early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. So… he told the Associate
Pastor that he was feeling sick and convinced him to say Mass for him that
day. As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room. Father Tom headed out of
town to a golf course about 40 miles away. This way he knew he wouldn’t
accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish. Setting up on the first tee,
he was alone, after all is was Sunday morning and everyone else would be at
church! At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking
down from the heavens and exclaimed. ‘You’re not going to let him get away
with this are you?’ The Lord sighed, and said, ‘No I guess not’. Just then
Father Tom hit his ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just
short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. IT WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN
ONE!!! Saint Peter was astonished; He looked at the Lord and asked, ‘Why
did you let him do that?’ The Lord smiled and replied, ‘Who is he going to

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